What are your thoughts?
(CNN) -- Photon torpedoes and proton torpedoes. Warp speed and hyperspace.
Shhh! Don't tell anyone, but the "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" universes have quite a bit in common.
Still, there are also enough differences that the eternal franchise versus franchise debate still tends to unfold with all the fireworks of a big-budget action sequence.
With "Star Trek Into Darkness" coming out in a couple of days and George Lucas' birthday on Tuesday, May 14, we saw an opportunity to dive back into this neverending back-and-forth for clues about what lies in store for the tech world. And, in turn, we hope to look at what that says about us as humans.
New 'Star Trek' mission: Your questions!
We're asking you, the reader, to go through the gallery above and think about the technology in the "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" universes. How are they different, and how are they the same? Which vision do you think would be most advantageous for the future of humanity and other alien races we may or may not befriend?
To organize the discussion a bit, we broke up the analysis into five categories with overlap between the worlds: weapons, ships, biotech, robotics and everyday tools.
Perhaps it's no wonder the debate continues. Science fiction offers competing visions of what we as people might become. Nothing less than our future is at stake.
As to competing visions of who we might become, I much prefer the realism of Star Trek to the woo of Star Wars.
Star Trek of course. It's always better than Star Wars. The only thing I liked in Star Wars were the little fur balls called Ewoks. The problem is, the last Star Trek movie was too much like Star Wars to me, which sadden me greatly. I may rent the latest Trek movie, but from what I'm reading, I'm not sure if I'll enjoy it any more than I did the last one.
In what way was the last Star Trek movie like Star Wars?
In many ways, starting with they blew up Vulcan. Same plot/story different characters
Umm, there was a little bit more to the two storylines than the planet blowing up.
And anyway, Vulcan imploded. Alderaan exploded. Totally different.
I'm not just talking about the blowing up of Vulcan, I'm talking about the whole storyline
You're aware that there are only 7 basic plot-lines, right?
Spock showing up was about the only plot line that was Star Trek.